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3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,851 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
David Innes 30 finds author in Arab desert, narrates ten years gone in flash. Old Abner Perry invents vehicle that drills through earth's crust, relaxes with paleontology, takes David. In Pellicidar, sun neither sets nor rises. Dinosaurs and strange beasts roam. Ape-men Sagoths enslave humans with Dian the Beautiful for evil reptilian Mahars.
Paperback, 180 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Wildside Press (first published 1914)
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Owlseyes
Mar 14, 2016 Owlseyes rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Maybe I’ve been reading and listening too much from Bob Fletcher; about (secret) underground facilities* by the hundreds in the US and in other nations, meant for the wealthy, when catastrophe strikes; one like Nibiru planet (called Planet X?, that’s OK)… incoming….maybe this August or a few months later, into 2016, passing by, "close" to our planet.



Maybe it was the memories of Jules Verne Journey to the center of the Earth that has drawn me to this book of Burroughs. The fact is, that I stil
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Stephen
2.5 stars. Solidly between 2 stars (it's okay) and 3 stars (I like it), this classic pulp science fiction adventure is the first of the Pellucidar series about a hidden world (complete with a sun and a moon) located in the center of the Earth. I am a fan of Pulp SF and liked the idea behind the series and the general pace of the adventure. The only reason I didn't rate this higher was that I was not as fond of the main character as I have been of other pulp heroes (e.g., Eric John Stark by Leigh ...more
Chris
Jul 23, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
A dreamy yet sometimes nightmarish excursion into the world beneath our world: Pelucidar! With ugly cavemen, beautiful cavewomen, armies of ape-men, a wide variety of dinosaurs, man eating reptile birds that rule the underworld, and giant mechanical mole machines, Burroughs packs a lot of oomph and pizzazz into this science romance. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series which also includes a Tarzan story!
Holmlock
Apr 24, 2016 Holmlock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pure pulp adventure. An eccentric old inventor, Abner Perry, builds a giant “iron mole” vehicle which takes him and his friend David Innes on an unexpected expedition to the earth's unexplored core. They end up in an upside down world where time doesn't exist and the human inhabitants are the slaves and lab rats of a prehistoric race of pterosaurs (yes, you read that right). Humans are mercilessly stalked, captured, and herded by armies of ape-men. Dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts are arou ...more
Dfordoom
Mar 12, 2012 Dfordoom rated it it was amazing
At the Earth's Core, published in 1922, was the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Pellucidar novels. I’ve always found his books to be highly entertaining and ingenious in their imagining of strange worlds and that’s certainly the case with this one.

The book opens with a framing story, as the narrator encounters a solitary and rather disheveled European somewhere in the wastes of the Sahara Desert. The man is named David Innes and he has a strange story to tell.

Professor Perry has invented a machi
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Alberto
Apr 24, 2016 Alberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro de aquella época en la que se contaban aventuras de verdad. Sí, aquí hay un mundo imaginario en el centro de la Tierra y un par de hombres que llegan y son lo suficientemente inteligentes como para aprender el lenguaje de los homínidos primitivos que allí viven sin problema. Según descubren los avatares de Pelúcidar, una tierra dominada por una raza de reptiles, nuestros queridos hombres blancos deciden hacer lo que mejor saben: acabar con esa raza opresora y ayudar a sus primitivos con ...more
Marvin
Jun 14, 2011 Marvin rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Edgar Rice Burroughs could be called The God-father of cheesy fantasy adventure. He can boast of influencing many later fantasy writers from Robert E. Howard to even John Norman, but that is not exactly something you would want on your resume. I had a brief obsession with Tarzan when I was nine but, asides from that series, I've found Burroughs' pulp adventures to be trite and silly. At The Earth's Core is no exception. Except for a rather exciting beginning, in which our intrepid but boring her ...more
Rafael
Dec 28, 2008 Rafael rated it liked it
Fue un sentimiento absoluto de nostalgia el que me hizo comprar el libro. Cuando vi el título me sorprendí por un momento y luego recordé los días en que mi papá nos llevaba a comer al restaurante “La Opera “en las calles de Serapio Rendón, hace cincuenta años. Atravesando la calle, en una esquina, había una librería; en sus vitrinas se exhibían los libros. Creo recordar haber visto en esos aparadores una edición de las mil y una noches, que mi papá compró y nos leía.
Alguna tarde, después de co
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An Odd1
Jan 04, 2015 An Odd1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
David Innes, 30 finds "white man" pg prologue Burroughs in Arab desert, narrates last ten years, passed in blink of an eye. He funded drill invented by Abner Perry, whose "relaxation" is "paleontology" p 3. Despite his youthful strength exercised by sports "boxing, football, and baseball" p 5, they cannot turn around, and go through the crust.

Chases and fights are the fun parts. David battles dinosaurs, invented beasts, ape-men Sagoths, even humans, Hooja the Sly. He makes allies, takes Dian fo
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David B
Dec 13, 2014 David B rated it really liked it
Another stalwart ERB hero travels to a lost world where he encounters dangerous men and even more dangerous beasts, this time at the center of the earth.

It seems that Burroughs had a little more discipline in his world-building here than usual. Instead of setting his story on an alien planet inhabited by whatever crazy melange of monsters and superscience his fruitful imagination could produce, he created a pretty consistent Stone Age world that exists under the thumb of some telepathic holdover
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Cris Miguel
Mar 23, 2016 Cris Miguel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En el centro de la tierra, la primera de Pelúcidar, es una novela de aventuras entretenida e imaginativa que te deja con ganas de más.
Con un lenguaje sencillo y sin recrearse, o distraerse, en nada que no sea importante, Burroughs nos conduce por la acción y los problemas que se va encontrando el protagonista.

Los personajes rezuman el marco de la época. Son los creadores de los estereotipos actuales, hay que tener en cuenta que esta novela, publicada en serial, es de 1914, ahí es nada. David es
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R.G.
Dec 16, 2013 R.G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how Burroughs tends to turn all the rules and knowledge of this world on it’s head… of course we know at the center of the earth is nothing but the molten core… then again maybe there is a Pellucidar… a world a few million years behind ours… because as it took longer for the core to cool, it took longer for life to emerge down there… and as in an essentially different world, being evolved differently… so even though the humans are intelligent here and have their culture and language… the ...more
Robert
Nov 11, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing
I will admit, I saw the 1976 film version with Doug McClure and Peter Cushing,along with the alluring Carolyn Munroe, well before I read the book. Unlike modern or should I say postmodern cynics, I was not turned off by the cheesy acting and rubber dinosaurs, as I knew that the book was always better then the movie. That said, this was the first Edgar Rice Burroughs novel I ever read.

Just like "The land that time forgot", the story opens with an unnamed narrator who just so happens to come acro
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Thom Swennes
Jul 02, 2013 Thom Swennes rated it liked it
The young well-to-do David Innes is impressed with a prototype earth drill invented by the air-brain genius inventor Abner Perry (as I read, images of Dr. Emmett Lanthrop “Doc” Brown of Back to the Future notoriety came to mind). He invests in the project and the drill becomes uncontrollable during its first trials, plunging them down and through the Earth’s crust. Beneath the crust the Earth is hollow and another world thrives where the vastly reduced core serves as the only light. Because this ...more
Williwaw
Dec 11, 2011 Williwaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A swashbuckling breeze of a book! Imagine a hollow earth, inhabited by strange beasts and stone-age humanoids. The hollow space is lit by a perpetual sun which floats at its center. A small moon rotates synchronously with the earth, so that it casts a permanent shadow over one region of the land called Pellucidar.

Into this strange world crashes David Innes, with the help of Professor Perry and his mole-like vessel, the "Prospector." With their superior know-how, Innes and Perry are destined to
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Stephen Gallup
As I return in my dotage to reread some of the Burroughs tales that so captivated me many years ago, I continue to find them enjoyable. I do feel the need to acknowledge that this is pure escapism. There are points, at least in this book, where the prose is almost laughable, and generally speaking much of it could have been burnished to provide a more enjoyable reading experience. But none of that negates the sheer delight of Burroughs' imagination, and the impressive whole societies and worlds ...more
Dave
Aug 05, 2009 Dave rated it liked it
After starting his Barsoom and Tarzan series of adventures, Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1st, 1875 – March 19, 1950), wrote “At the Earth’s Core” which was published in 1914. This kicked off his Pellucidar series, which is based on the idea that the Earth is hollow and there are creatures from our prehistoric times still alive and active, as well as more than a few horrific creatures, both intelligent and non-intelligent. As with many of Burrough’s ideas, that of a hollow Earth would inspire ...more
Liz
Feb 17, 2009 Liz rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Classic sci-fi lovers.
Young David Innes' scientist friend, Abner Perry, has invented a wonderful new machine that he expects will revolutionize mining techniques. Dubbed "The Mole", it is capable of digging through the ground with incredible power. However, on the test run, something goes awry, and the digger carries Perry and David deep beneath the Earth's crust, where they expect to be vaporized by the intense heat of the molten core. Instead, when the machine finally stops, they find themselves in a strange world ...more
Tamahome
May 27, 2012 Tamahome rated it liked it

Doing a podcast on this Sunday. Free online audio version of the book (the narrator will be on the show) http://www.marsbooks.libsyn.com/webpa...

Same author as Princess of Mars, and very similar, with perhaps a greater variety of creatures, including an evil all female flying lizard race that (view spoiler). Feminist novel? Not really. So it has fun action if you like that sort of thing (some suprisingly gruesome), with a little bit of romance as
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Thomas
After reading some John Carter and a couple Venus books, I found this pretty much more of the same from ERB. I always find his scientific inventions to be more interesting in concept (ie, on the back of the book) than when they're actually on the page, whereupon they start to sound kind of boneheaded. But then, pretty much all the science fiction from this era and before had that problem. And his action sequences would be thrilling, if there weren't so damn MANY of them. If you have not read a B ...more
Craig
Oct 21, 2015 Craig rated it really liked it
Romance isn't one of Burroughs' strong points (they usually boil down to "I'm hot, you're hot, we're attracted to each other, let's get married"), but the romance in this story is particularly bad for him. However, he more than makes up for it with mind-blowing pseudoscience, a weird society, and prehistoric creatures.
Marts  (Thinker)
I enjoyed this Burrourghs title.

At the Earth's Core is all about an inventor Abner Perry and a young wealthy gentleman David Innis. Perry invents a vehicle referred to as the 'iron mole' which has drilling properties so powerful it can drill into the earth's core. Innis goes with Perry on a test run and ends up reaching earth's core which amazingly, is hollow. At the hollow core is a world called Pellucidar with stange beings like Mahars and Sagoths. They make aquaintances with Ghak, Hooja and
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Reed
Feb 19, 2010 Reed rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I ever read by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It started me on a love affair with the Fantasy book genre and captured my imagination as a young boy. While I have read many of his books, I will only review this one since it was my first. It's probably been over 30 years since I've read a Burroughs book but I can still recall the excitement I felt when reading these adventures. I loved everything about them. The creatures, warriors and women on the covers were fascinating for a youn ...more
Ана Хелс
Mar 08, 2014 Ана Хелс rated it it was amazing
Представете си планета , на която праисторическите чудовища никак не са изчезнали, ами даже са еволюирали до господстваща раса на върха на хранителната верига. Няма хоризонт, няма време, технологиите са изчезнал мит. Оръжията още не са изобретени, а подръчните материали биха могли да служат и за лов, и за убийство според тежината си. Учудващо боксът е свръх новост, а стандартният ляв ъперкът поваля и триметров гигант във вечен нокдаун. А сега си представете тази планета под краката си, и то с гл ...more
Jorge Mario
Mar 11, 2016 Jorge Mario rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: barsoom, 2016
Aventuras y entretenimiento. Buen inicio de la saga Pelúcidar.

Alan Bligh
Aug 05, 2015 Alan Bligh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, pulp
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
In the continuing spirit of trying to remember every bk I've ever read, I'm going to list all the Edgar Rice Burroughs Pellucidar bks - adventures in the Hollow Earth. I read them devotedly when I was about 13 to 15 & enjoyed them alot. I also pretty much wrote them off as trash. ERB wrote an enormous amt & I probably read at least 1 of the Mars novels too. Doubt that I'll ever read anything else by him but I'm ALMOST curious to see what my 13 yr old mind got out of these.
Kevin
Oct 16, 2015 Kevin rated it really liked it
The Author of Tarzan, and Princess of Mars, boots up another series, Pellucidar, in At The Earth's Core, written in 1914.

Our hero, highly athletic, joins a professor-ish fellow who invented a boring machine, with which they accidentally tunnel deep into the Earth, eventually coming out in a hollow core surrounding an interior sun. With greater land area than the surface world, due to smaller oceans, yet with lower gravity, due to the attraction of the portion of the planet overhead, our athleti
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Erik Graff
Jul 17, 2008 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys
Recommended to Erik by: boys
Shelves: literature
In concept, this was my favorite of the Burrough's series. Like the John Carter books, David Innes also saves girls, fights monsters and becomes a hero, but his other world, the inner earth, is not so far away as Carter's Barsoom and he gets there using technology. Besides, as a regular reader of Fate Magazine throughout most of junior high, I had heard about Cmd. Peary and his discovery of the entrance to the hollow earth.
Drew
Nov 09, 2015 Drew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd started this about a year ago, read about a quarter of it, then sort of gave up on it.

Then for some reason about a week ago I picked it up again and started powering through it, and I'm glad I did.

Burroughs follows his usual formula here: modern man ends up in a primitive setting, fights a lot of monsters, and kills a lot of bad guys. And honestly the monster-fighting does take up a bit too much of the story, but what really draws you in is the world-building.

Abner Perry has invented a pr
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Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.
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“But this I do know that since you have told me that ten years have elapsed since I departed from this earth I have lost all respect for time—I am commencing to doubt that such a thing exists other than in the weak, finite mind of man.” 4 likes
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